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  • 0910: I’ve just landed Linfoot his first’TV gig. Honestly people will think Harry Hill is camping it up. David Craig has asked’me to adjudicate a bookmakers rep tipping challenge live on Sky Sports News at 1230 each day. Sadly I’m not here for the final two so the love child of Julian Clary and Duncan Goodhew will step to the fore. That’s Linfoot not’me for information purposes.

    0905: David Flanagan writes: “Morning Dave,too much information about your ample flesh before breakfast but a blogs a blog..the paper thin walls were a big souce of fun lat year so heres hoping..stuck in work all this week so any help will do…have you sampled the local ales yet.”

    Not yet DF – but intend to later – and yes I do mean at the course. If they go to the effort of providing London Pride for racegoers, the rotund bearded ones among us must reward them. Expecting to pay £5 a bottle but needs must.

    0900: Great to have Si Adams with us. He writes: “Royal Ascot is upon us and I am stuck at work so ill have to turn into the radio and listen along instead! What a great occasion and hopefully a few winners to be had too.

    “1 of the best days racing on display today and then 4 to follow. But starting it all of with a cracker the best in the world. If anyone gets within 5 lengths of Frankel I think connections will go away happy. A Knight to start of a truly royal occasion for sure. 1/6 ill enjoy the race and cheer him on and wait for the goose bumps. He is truly maginificent.

    “Then its on to gambling and what a race the Kings Stand is. Im of the opinion the 1-2 from Dubai will be there again So Ortensia and Sole Power for’me. If Ortensia beats the best we have and is only about 8th best in Aus how good my Black Caviar be (i think she’ll be 5 lengths clear on the bridle myself).

    “Most Improved needed the run in france and will sort the’St James out. Sir Prancealot is all class next Canford Cliffs? Simenon will be the irish banker of the day for sure and Pay Freeze to end the day on a high note, but defo keep an eye on the Hannon/Sheik Mohammed horse…

    Frankel, Sole Power/Ortensia, Most Improved, Sir Prancalot, Simenon, Pay Freeze/Alhebayab Tips from the Ord today? I hope you are suitably attired and are you matching the queen in spirit and Colour? What colour you picking…yellow seems the solid starter from her Majesty I would think (nice to see set to music start her off with a winner last night!)……Have a great one all and best of luck!”

    Cheers SA! I forgot to mention earlier when rambling on about B Linfoot but I’m also very sweet on his Ascot Stakes fancy Cosimo’De Medici and 12-1 had to be too big. Also think Smoothtalkingrascal will run well in the Windsor Castle. Admittedly he has to go in the stalls first and stall one may not be ideal but on day one I brush aside such potential negatives.

    0858: Good evening to David Birch who’s in the splendid city of Brisbane (where I nearly once moved but I tell him that every time). He says: “Hi Dave, and a very good evening from Brisbane. All set for 5 ‘days’ of world class flat racing, but the hype surrounding Black Caviar over here has officially got to’me – I actually now can’t decide if I’d like to see her win by half the track or get beaten.

    “Given I’ve recently heard Frankel being described as ‘a 2nd rater’ by our antipodean friends I’m starting to lean towards the latter. Anyway let’s first watch our ’2nd rater’ win by half the track and then decide. Hope you and the readers have a great week.”

    And you DB – do you give Ortensia any chance today? Hope we get another masterclass from Frankel. I know he’s only beating the same horses but his programme has been very clearly mapped out and he’s there to be shot at should any fresh blood fancy having a go.

    I’m looking forward to seeing him stepped up to ten furlongs later in the season but would beating So You Think and Carlton House tomorrow in the Prince Of Wales’s really have told us a great deal more about him?

    0855: A very good morning to Brownie who writes: “Morning Dave, please before we start tell us about your attire today, were the fashion police on duty to give your outfit the green light? Who’d have thought a young lad from Wakefield could make it so far!

    “Top days racing, Frankel will sluce up from Excelebration once more in the Opener. I fancy Bated Breath to fend off the Aussie/French challenge in the Kings Stand. Power & Fencing to fight it out in the’St James Palace, and Dawn Approach to score in the Coventry. Easy as that!”

    The good thing about an early start B is that the fashion police aren’t around at that time. I haven’t gone for the Morning Suit – basically because the only time I’ve worn one I got a string of people asking if I was the Fat Controller from Thomas The Tank Engine.

    No lounge suit, blue striped shirt and tie is the look for today, topped off with black brogues. It screams a man who’s in control of his vehicle.

    I too like Fencing in the Palace – backed him each-way along with Gabrial for the master trainer!

    0850: A very happy birthday to Ben ‘Value Bet’ Linfoot who is celebrating in style…by taking the first day of Royal Ascot off. He’ll be blogging from here on Friday and Saturday when I’m back in the office ahead of a site relaunch potentially as early as Monday. That’s right, a new sportinglife.com (the first in 15 years) is about to hit your screens. Be kind is all I ask. I already have blood pressure issues.

    0840: A very good morning from a quite beautiful Ascot where the sun is shining and the place decked out in Union Jack flags wherever you look. The ground is good to soft following a dry night but there isn’t a breath of wind here this morning. Some of those who’ve walked the track, and you’ll be surprised to hear I don’t count among their number, feel it could ride a little dead.

    Despite vowing never to stay there again I’m back in my Reading hotel for the third successive year. The paper-thin walls remain a triumph and I’m not sure if it’s down to my snoring or not but yet again my next-door neighbour insisted on having the television on all night.

    The morning didn’t start too well as the shower is fixed to a height of two foot seven and can’t be moved up because of a shower gel dispenser. Jimmy Krankie could probably shower standing beneath it – although recent newspaper revelations suggest she may opt not to – but I was reduced to kneeling there letting the one solid trickle cleanse my ample flesh.

    Having managed to put you all off your breakfast I’m now going to demand your emails on today’s action to [email protected]. Some day’s racing this and can’t wait to see Frankel in action again.

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